Board of Directors


Good governance starts with our board of directors. The board assumes responsibilities for overseeing the management of our business and affairs. Directors are appointed based on their wide-ranging experience, knowledge and insight. The majority of the board of directors, including its chairman, are independent.


DAVID G. BROWN, CPA, CA, LL.B

Independent Board Member

Mr. Brown is Managing Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Richardson Capital Limited, the private equity division of Richardson Financial Group Limited (RFGL). He has held that position since 2007. Mr. Brown is the former Corporate Secretary of James Richardson & Sons, Limited and a former partner in the independent law and accounting firm, Gray & Brown. Mr. Brown has over 25 years of experience in advising family businesses and investment companies in the areas of taxation, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate reorganizations, financings and estate planning, and has been involved in the vast majority of investments made by the Richardson Family. Mr. Brown is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, is a practicing lawyer and Chartered Professional Accountant.

DAVID C. FERGUSON, MBA, FCPA, FCA

Independent Board Member
Chair of Audit Committee

From 1999 until retiring in 2012, Mr. Ferguson was Executive Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of BMO Capital Markets, the wholesale banking and institutional brokerage pillar of BMO Financial Group. He also served as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the board of directors of BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. during this period. Mr. Ferguson's previous experience includes practicing public accounting for 25 years, including 16 years as an audit partner and a period as National Director of KPMG's investment dealer practice. During his career, Mr. Ferguson co-developed the Broker/Dealer Training program for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mr. Ferguson was a long-standing member of the board of directors of the Canadian Opera Company, and served as its President from 2006 to 2008 and Chair from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Ferguson holds Bachelor of Commerce and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

HARRIS A. FRICKER, MA

Board Member

Harris A. Fricker assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of GMP Capital Inc. in October 2010. He joined GMP’s Investment Banking Department in 2002 and assumed the role of President of GMP Securities L.P. in July 2008. Prior to joining GMP in 2002, Mr. Fricker held senior roles at several leading Canadian financial institutions, including, heading up the Institutional Sales & Trading desk of another leading investment dealer and running the corporate debenture/derivatives group at a major Canadian bank. A former entrepreneur himself, his depth of experience arising from over two decades in the North American capital markets combined with his acumen as an entrepreneur provides him with a unique perspective on the financial services landscape. Mr. Fricker holds a BA from Saint Francis Xavier University and a MA from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

FIONA L. MACDONALD, MBA

Independent board member
Member of Compensation Committee

Ms. Macdonald joined the Board of Directors of GMP Capital Inc. in 2013. She is currently the Executive Compensation Practice Leader, Canadian Division, for Towers Watson, a leading global professional services company. She has held that position since 2003. Concurrent with her leadership role in the Canadian Division, Ms. Macdonald also led Towers Watson's U.S. West Division's Executive Compensation Practice from July 2010 through April 2013. Ms. Macdonald has more than 25 years' experience in the area of executive and director compensation strategies. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations as well as an MBA from the University of British Columbia and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors program. Ms. Macdonald is an Executive Committee member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (British Columbia Chapter).

EUGENE C. MCBURNEY, MA, LLB

Board member

Mr. McBurney is co-founder of GMP Securities L.P.'s predecessor, Griffiths McBurney & Partners. He brings extensive knowledge, background and expertise in the securities industry to the firm. Prior to GMP, Mr. McBurney practiced securities law and advised companies and investment dealers in a variety of investment banking assignments.
Currently, Mr. McBurney acts as Chairman, GMP Securities Emerging Markets Corp.

JAMES D. MEEKISON, MA, MBA

Independent board member
Chair of Corporate Governance Committee; Member of Compensation Committee

Mr. Meekison is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Trimin Capital Corp., a private equity company. Mr. Meekison's career has spanned over 40 years in the investment banking, cable television and private equity industries. He has served as a director of Nesbitt Thomson Limited; Chairman of Cablecasting Limited, a Canadian cable television company, which he co-founded; and Chairman and director of several companies in which he invested during his career in private equity. He also served as a director of First Marathon Inc. from 1984 until it was sold in 1999. Mr. Meekison holds an MBA degree from Harvard University and BA and MA degrees from the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the board of directors of Pathways to Education Canada.


ROBERT G. PETERS

Independent board member
Member of Compensation Committee; Member of Corporate Governance Committee

Mr. Peters is the President of Black Diamond Land & Cattle Co., a private investment company with interests in real estate development, ranching and energy investments. Until 2002, Mr. Peters was the Chairman of Peters & Co. Limited, an energy investment company headquartered in Calgary, which he founded in 1971. Mr. Peters serves as a director on the board of Big Rock Brewery Inc.

H. SANFORD RILEY, C.M.

Independent board member
Chair of Compensation Committee; Member of Audit Committee

Mr. Riley is President and Chief Executive Officer of Richardson Financial Group Limited, the financial services affiliate of James Richardson & Sons, Limited. He has held that position since 2003. Prior to joining RFGL, Mr. Riley was, for nearly 10 years, President and Chief Executive Officer of Investors Group Inc. and was appointed Chairman in May 2001. Mr. Riley is Chairman of the board of directors of the University of Winnipeg Foundation and of The North West Company Inc. He serves as a director of Molson Coors Brewing Company, the Canada West Foundation, Winnipeg Airports Authority, Canadian Western Bank and Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., of which he is a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Riley has also been involved in a number of charitable endeavours including serving as Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, chairing the Business Council of Manitoba and chairing the 1999 Pan American Games. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2002.

KEVIN M. SULLIVAN, LL.B., CFA

Board member

Mr. Sullivan is Deputy Chairman of GMP Capital Inc. He joined GMP Securities L.P.'s predecessor, Griffiths McBurney & Partners, in October 1995 and co-founded GMP Securities L.P.'s sales and trading operations. Mr. Sullivan served as President from 1996-1999 and Chief Executive Officer of GMP from June 1999 to September 2010. Kevin has 25 years of experience and relationships in the capital markets industry.  During his tenure as CEO at GMP, Kevin successfully oversaw GMP's initial public offering in 2003, and has since helped the company grow from a market value of $300 million to over $1 billion in that time.  
He also oversaw the creation and growth of Richardson GMP Ltd. Prior to GMP, Kevin was a general practice lawyer in Calgary, Alberta, and spent three years in the European capital markets. Mr. Sullivan has been involved in a number of charitable endeavours and community organizations, including co-chairing The Ride to Conquer Cancer, Canada's premier cycling fundraiser. He is a past member of the Ontario Securities Commission Industry Advisory Group and past Board member of The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, and currently a member of the Canadian Advisory Board of Right To Play.

DONALD A. WRIGHT

Independent Chairman of the Board of Directors
Member of Compensation Committee and Audit Committee

Mr. Wright is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Winnington Capital Group Inc., an investment counsel and portfolio management company. He is an active investor in both the private and public equity markets. Mr. Wright's career has spanned over 30 years in the investment industry. He has held a number of leadership positions, including President of Merrill Lynch Canada, Executive Vice-President, director and member of the executive committee of Burns Fry Ltd., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TD Securities Inc. and Deputy Chairman of TD Bank Financial Group. Mr. Wright serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Cinaport Capital Inc., Equity Financial Holdings Inc., Richards Packaging Inc., Chairman of the board of trustees of Richards Packaging Income Fund and Lead Director of Tuscany International Drilling Inc. Mr. Wright serves as a director of Clear Energy Systems, Inc., DHX Media Ltd., Condor Petroleum Inc., MaRS Innovation and Public Mobile Inc. As well, he was the past Chairman of the Board of VIA Rail Canada. He actively supports numerous charitable organizations and is a member of the board of trustees of The Hospital for Sick Children and a member of the Royal Ontario Museum Governors' Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Campaign Cabinet of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation.